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Published: January 1, 2016 | Applies to:

Learn how to fix "Activation failed because this device doesn't have a valid digital entitlement or product key. Error code: 0x803F7001" in Windows 10.

There are miscellaneous error codes users have reported till date, regarding Windows 10 activation. We’ve earlier shared you the post covering most common error codes, which you can read using following link:

Get help with activation errors in Windows 10

With Windows 10, there are two schemes of activation. First is the traditional product key scheme, which we’ve used in earlier Windows editions as well. The second scheme is called Digital Entitlement, which doesn’t requires a product key and activates Windows automatically.

Digital Entitlement Based Activation In Windows 10

Under this method, when you upgrade your Windows 7/8.1 to Windows 10, then your Windows 10 copy will be automatically activated when you connect to the Internet. Once Windows 10 is activated, a digital entitlement is created for your device. However in some scenarios, your device may not be automatically activated. In such a case, you get this error:

Activation failed because this device doesn’t have a valid digital entitlement or product key. Error code: 0x803F7001

[FIX] Activation Failed Because This Device Doesn't Have A Valid Digital Entitlement Or Product Key. Error Code: 0x803F7001

As you can see in the above shown window, when you click Activate button, you just see spinning circles for few moments and then nothing happens. Also the Activation status then says ‘Unable to reach Windows activation server‘. This problem can be solved by performing a workaround. As per this wiki article on Microsoft Community, you can enter the default product key for your Windows edition so that licensing can be changed to correct consumer path (credits to our MVP friend; Andre Da Costa for this).

Here are the complete steps you’ve to follow:

FIX : Activation Failed Because This Device Doesn’t Have A Valid Digital Entitlement Or Product Key. Error Code: 0x803F7001

1. Open Settings app and go to Update and security > Activation screen. Click Change product key button in right pane.

[FIX] Activation Failed Because This Device Doesn't Have A Valid Digital Entitlement Or Product Key. Error Code: 0x803F7001

2. Then provide your UAC permissions by hitting Yes option here:

[FIX] Activation Failed Because This Device Doesn't Have A Valid Digital Entitlement Or Product Key. Error Code: 0x803F7001

3. Now enter your Windows edition product key from this list:

Windows 10 Home: YTMG3-N6DKC-DKB77-7M9GH-8HVX7
Windows 10 Pro: VK7JG-NPHTM-C97JM-9MPGT-3V66T
Windows 10 Home N: 4CPRK-NM3K3-X6XXQ-RXX86-WXCHW
Windows 10 Home Single Language: BT79Q-G7N6G-PGBYW-4YWX6-6F4BT
Windows 10 Home Country Specific: 7B6NC-V3438-TRQG7-8TCCX-H6DDY
Windows 10 Professional N: 2B87N-8KFHP-DKV6R-Y2C8J-PKCKT

[FIX] Activation Failed Because This Device Doesn't Have A Valid Digital Entitlement Or Product Key. Error Code: 0x803F7001

4. Next, click Yes on on Activate Windows screen.

[FIX] Activation Failed Because This Device Doesn't Have A Valid Digital Entitlement Or Product Key. Error Code: 0x803F7001

5. Obviously, you’ll receive We couldn’t activate Windows message here. But the good thing is that your machine licensing is set to correct customer path. Click Close.

[FIX] Activation Failed Because This Device Doesn't Have A Valid Digital Entitlement Or Product Key. Error Code: 0x803F7001

6. Retry steps 1 and 2 and then enter your 25-characters unique product key. Yes, feel free to enter Windows 7 or 8.1 product key, if you’ve upgraded from either of these editions and is eligible for free upgrade offer.

[FIX] Activation Failed Because This Device Doesn't Have A Valid Digital Entitlement Or Product Key. Error Code: 0x803F7001

7. After few seconds, you’ll get to Windows is activatedYou’re now running a genuine version of Windows screen. Click Close.

[FIX] Activation Failed Because This Device Doesn't Have A Valid Digital Entitlement Or Product Key. Error Code: 0x803F7001

Here is the video for illustration of this method:

That’s it!

Also read: How to activate Windows using automated phone system.


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23 Comments

  • Thanks Kapil, I have upgraded and activated windows 10 from windows 7 on launch day. After using windows 10 without any hiccups a=or changing any hardware of my machine received error code you have mentioned. in the panic state contacted Microsoft support and they advised me to install windows 7 first with my old key and then upgrade to 10. That is very troublesome process. Then came across your post and voila it worked. Thank you very much kapil.

  • Kapil Arya

    ^^ Glad we could help! :D

  • It didn’t work for me. After i put in the previous key from windows 7 (SLP license) key I got another error: “The product key you entered didn’t work. Check the product key and try again, or enter a different one. Error Code: 0x80041024”. The previous installation was Windows 7 Home premium and it shows Activated status previous to running the upgrade. In theory, even if the previous license on the computer is an SLP key from an OEM, that license and version qualify for the free upgrade so I shouldn’t need to be dealing with these activation issues. It should have happened automatically. the windows 10 version installed was windows 10 home, 32 bit, the exact one that would correspond to the upgrade (from Windows 7 32 bit home premium).

  • Kapil Arya

    ^^ Can you try activating via automated phone system and let me know if that works for you: http://www.kapilarya.com/the-software-licensing-service-reported-that-the-license-was-invalid

  • I installed Win10 over Win7 on a fresh Dell, when I took an image using Acronis and deployed it to another unit (same model) and ran into this error. Your tips and the Win7 key on the computer worked!

  • Kapil Arya

    ^^ Glad it helped! :)

  • thanks a lot Kapil Arya

  • Kapil Arya

    ^^ Welcome!

  • I wonder where these keys were produced from. I also wonder if this isn’t some nefarious work around to take control of my compy. Someone is on the other end of those keys. Anyway, I guess it worked so… \tosses computer into ocean\

  • Thank’s, worked great! Ran into this problem when I had to change most of my hardware.

    Zack: With a little research you wouldn’t have to wonder.

  • Kapil Arya

    ^^ Glad you sorted the issue! :)

  • Hay
    Y`have windows 7 and Y install windows 10 Pro free (with key from internet). Sow windows 10 was working 2 days OK. When Y changes a Country (Europe) and when Y uninstall skype (to many problem with skype..) before the end of uninstalling skype, (no electric power) and when Y start windows don`t wont to open-screen is black and computer work widaut-windows. What to do, to go back in windows 7 ore to tray with windows 10 (free-but the key is not free-genuine.?) Please for help.(simple)
    Thank`s & brgds

  • My problem is that I got windows installed as some other programs by store. I didn’t recieve any product key. What now?

  • Kapil Arya

    ^^ Then it might have get automatically activated!

  • Hi there,
    Thanks for referring me to this link when i asked for help on a previous one i tried the tutorial again i tried with all keys you provided well i have the same issue as “JAN” has, i got it pre installed onto my computer and it didnt come with key instead it had recovery to windows 7, mine is a MSI and the windows 7 was Geniune one what should i do ??

  • Kapil, bro ,, windows 8.1 was pre installed in my laptop,, I hated windows 8, I formatted C: and installed windows 10, and activation is all gone, its not activated. man tell me the solution..

  • Kapil Arya

    ^^ You might have upgraded. Well try putting Windows 8/8.1 key and see if it gets activation. If it doesn’t works, use Windows 8 disc came with your laptop to install and then upgrade to Windows 10. It will be automatically activated then.

  • I used my upgrade key (windows 8 pro) on it and it worked like a charm. Thanks.

  • Kapil Arya

    ^^ Glad it worked! :)

  • This did not work, I typed in the win10 home key you listed, then typed in my genuine win8 product key and it did not work, got error message 0x803fa071 = this product key is being used on another computer. wht do I do now? I know I have a genuine product key but it does not work…!

  • Kapil Arya

    ^^ Please try suggestions mentioned here corresponding to error message you got: http://www.kapilarya.com/cannot-activate-windows-10-due-to-various-errors

  • hello sir, please how do i get windows 10 core single language, i cannot activate my windows 1o because i install windows 10 home

  • Kapil Arya

    ^^ If you’re on Windows 10 Anniversary Update, you can use Activation troubleshooter to fix: http://www.kapilarya.com/how-to-use-the-windows-10-activation-troubleshooter

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